Under Our Programs, we described BFT’s five core programs. It is important to understand, however, the importance of integrating these programs to achieve self-sustainability, for example:
- Children cannot learn unless they have good nutrition
- Developing a nutritious diet can be assisted by developing local agriculture.
- Growing crops and raising animals requires a reliable water supply.
- Parents are not able to release their children to go to school if they rely on them to work in the rice fields.
- Establishing new jobs requires adult education, training and microfinance.
BFT has developed a Village Project approach, which involves implementing, in each village where it is applied, a 4-year plan, with the major developmental work undertaken in the first 12 months, plus three years of further development and support
This approach has been successfully applied in two villages, with a third to start in 2016. The total cost for implementing such a project is in the order of $US 50,000 per annum over 4 years (depending on village size and existing infrastructure). BFT is seeking support from corporates, service organisations or individuals who would be interested to fund – or help to fund – a Village Project.
The project approach, as shown in the chart above, involves the prioritisation of project activities and the recognises the inter-dependence of project activities :
Mother and Child Health
Immediate attention is given to the health, especially of the mothers and children. This program includes support during pregnancy, nutrition and tracking of height, weight and BMI for the children.
Giant water bores
Rice can be grown in the wet seasons, but a deep-water bore (30 to 40 m. depth), together with a pump and water tank, is required to allow year-ground growing of crops and development of a School Garden.
Adult Reading & Writing
Education of the adults, undertaken over six months of evening sessions, serves a number of purposes. It is a pre-requisite to their participation in a Capacity Building program and also gives the parents a better understanding of the need for their children to attend school.
Once the adults have graduated and have basic literacy, they are given the chance to select their future business (pig raising, fish farming etc) and are given training in agricultural or other skills as required
A business plan is then developed for each person or group (such as a “farmer club”) and micro-finance is provided to establish the business. This initial finance is paid back to the village “banker” and made available to start up other businesses.
The school (if existing) needs to be renovated and extended to accommodate all the children. Teachers need to be trained and provided with materials and a salary. And the children need uniforms - and perhaps a bike to get to school
An important component of the project is the School Garden, irrigated from the new water supply, in which the children grow plants which can be used to provide them with nutritious breakfast at the school – and serves as a model for gardens in their on homes.
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